University of Notre Dame College of Engineering
C-SWARM | Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials


Center for Shock Wave-processing of Advanced Reactive Materials

Chris ShuckChris Shuck

Graduate Student
University of Notre Dame

V&V/UQ and Experimental Physics Team

Field(s) of Interest

Material science, combustion synthesis, kinetics of heterogeneous reactions

Description of Your Work/Project in C-SWARM

I focus on two major aspects of experimental physics. First, I work extensively with material characterization of the heterogeneous reactive materials, both before and after (post-mortem) shock consolidation and induced reaction. I use a variety of imaging techniques, including Focused Ion Beam (FIB) sectioning and Full-Field X-ray Nanotomography to determine the internal nanostructure of the reactive nanocomposite materials. Additionally, I study the reaction kinetics using a variety of techniques, including electrothermal explosion and high-speed infrared imaging. Finally, I study the mechanical response of the reactive nanocomposite materials using nano-indentation techniques. All of this work is key in providing microstructure-property relationships that will be used in the computational models, and is important for validation.


Fulbright Scholar, U.S. Department of State, Principal, Russia, University of Notre Dame 2016
Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship, University of Notre Dame 2016
California Initiative, University of Notre Dame 2016
Oliver Langenberg ’35 Scholarship, Princeton University 2013
Charles Lockhart Scholarship, Princeton University 2010-2013
William Randolph Heart Scholarship, Princeton University 2010-2013

NNSA Laboratory Visit Information:

Previous: Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. Robert P. Winarski, Physicist X-ray Microscopy Group Center for Nanoscale Materials, Nanoscience and Technology Division, 2015

Current: I am currently working with Dr. Robert Reeves at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2016


Chemical Engineering

Field of Study:

Experimental Physics; Materials Science

Degree Being Pursued:


Academic Advisor:

Professor Alexander S. Mukasyan

Degree(s) Held:

Bachelor of Science,
Chemical Engineering,
Princeton University,

Selected Publications

  1. K. V. Manukyan, W. Tan, R. J. deBoer, E. J. Stech, A. Aprahamian, M. Wiescher, S. Rouvimov, K. R. Overdeep, C. E. Shuck, T. P. Weihs, and A. S. Mukasyan, “Irradiation-enhanced reactivity of multilayer al/ni nanomaterials,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 7, no. 21, pp. 11272–11279, 2015.

  2. K. V. Manukyan, C. E. Shuck, A. S. Rogachev, and A. S. Mukasyan, “Preparation and reactivity of gasless nanostructured energetic materials,” Journal of Visualized Experiments, vol. 98, 2015.

  3. Nickel Oxide Reduction by Hydrogen: Kinetics and Structural Transformations
    Khachatur V. Manukyan, Arpi G. Avetisyan, Christopher E. Shuck, Hakob A. Chatilyan, Sergei Rouvimov, Suren L. Kharatyan, and Alexander S. Mukasyan
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C Article ASAP
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b04313